Can you believe that Thanksgiving is next Thursday? Where has this year gone? It seems like just yesterday we were packing up the holiday decorations and complaining about the long winter. Eating gluten-free at Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be complicated, it just takes some planning. Need help? Check out these time saving tips and survival tips here and here.
My favorite philosophy to follow during the holiday season is to focus on family & friends and not so much on the food. Yes, we all love to eat & have our favorites, but try not to fret if things are a little bit different this year due to the gluten-free diet. That being said, I am going to talk about the food here.
Thanksgiving in the traditional sense means turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. Since it has been so long since I learned about the first Thanksgiving, I went over to history.com to see if I could get some information on the traditions. This is what I found:
In many American households, the Thanksgiving celebration has lost much of its original religious significance; instead, it now centers on cooking and sharing a bountiful meal with family and friends. Turkey, a Thanksgiving staple so ubiquitous it has become all but synonymous with the holiday, may or may not have been on offer when the Pilgrims hosted the inaugural feast in 1621. Today, however, nearly 90 percent of Americans eat the bird—whether roasted, baked or deep-fried—on Thanksgiving, according to the National Turkey Federation. Other traditional foods include stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Volunteering is a common Thanksgiving Day activity, and communities often hold food drives and host free dinners for the less fortunate.
What foods are you looking forward to eating this Thanksgiving? Please participate in the poll below to weigh in and feel free to leave a note with more specifics below in the “comments” section.